These are my first thoughts on my sermon for Sanctity of Life Sunday coming up this weekend. I preach on this every year in January, right around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. And each year I realize we haven’t talked much about life issues since the last life We haven’t heard much, either. There was some buzz that health care reform would include some public funding for abortions, but that issue has gotten buried somewhere in the massive bill being worked out in congress. There has been a little news about assisted suicide in some states. But not much.
Now to be fair, we have done a lot with other life issues, being very busy supporting food pantries, the local cold weather shelter, and helping out moms in the local pregnancy center.
Perhaps after 36 years, just about two generations, we’ve just gotten used to it. Which is a shame, because a lot of unborn children have died during that time. A lot of hungry people have died. A lot of older adults have been neglected. God’s word proclaims the truth that all human life is valuable, created by the hand of God and redeemed by the blood of our Savior. Yet, that good news often gets drowned out by political debates, economic considerations, and questions about quality of life. If the good news gets obscured, then life will be lost. So we need to speak the truth about life, speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, and remind each other how important life is.